Hearing this recording brings me right back, as I was luck enough to attend this show. We rolled up from D.C. and, while I hated going to shows without tickets, were able to score some (plus some great d*ses) fairly easily, considering how popular that Dead was as this point. I got a sixth row floor seat for $25 ii you can believe it! Anyway, I was ridin' high on the music, among other things, and it was truly an incredible day. The thing that strikes me listening to it now is how well-played everything is and, of course, how on Jerry was at this show (even his voice). He was really workin' that MIDI. Who knows, maybe it was that short haircut he was sporting on the '90 summer tour! I saw just over 80 shows, and this one was in the top 5 for sure. For me, it ranks right up there with Merriweather, and 1st night Richmond, both in '85.
The first set tune selection is actually pretty ordinary, but, again, all the versions are great. And the Let it Grow closer soars and is just awesome. The second set, well, it was one of the best I ever saw! The top half of the second set clocks in at about an hour and all the tunes are smokin', esp. Eyes>Estimated. Those Eyes from 90 (and some 91, e.g
., Greensboro) are so, so sweet! The five tunes (4 Bob's) post-drums was a lot for this era--and they're all great, esp. Wang Dang, Black Peter and Lovelight. Bob finished Lovelight strumming it out on one knee. Just an amazing show--the crowd was so juiced by the end. Wow--I remember that show so vividly it is hard to believe it was 19 years ago.
Finally, note the fact that there are no Brent tunes played--and he was typically doing at least a couple a show by this point. Sad that this was my second to last Brent show (RFK on 7/12 was my last), but his playing was great this night anyway. He was my favorite of the Dead's keyboard players, and was greatly missed both for his musicianship and voice. I mean to go from him to Vince was a real step down, but that's as different story for another day.
Couple of fun facts: It's true that CSN opened, but it's also true that they broke out Woodstock for the first time since the early 1970's. Also, the Dead had a prop that summer for the stadium shows which was this huge skeleton marionette that they displayed, during the second sets as I recall (and it danced--seriously I'm not making this up--I'm sure others can verify). Anyway, at the Three Rivers show one of the legs fell off (I think during Estimated but can't say for sure). But, in good Dead form, it kept on dancin...